Joey Badass Thinks We Had The Same Problems With Obama That We Do With Trump
Joey Badass has been vocal about his disapproval of Donald Trump, which is vividly demonstrated in the lyrics of his latest album. On his track “Rockabye Baby,” the rapper spits politically-charged lyrics including, “and if you got the guts, scream, ‘F**k Donald Trump,’” Though Joey is certainly far from the first rapper to express those same sentiments, the rapper now says he regrets mentioning Trump’s name in the project because he believes the lyrics distract people from the larger issues.
The Brooklyn native told the London Evening Standard, “Yes, there’s a f***ing popularized douchebag in the office right now but he’s only making these problems worse, he’s not the reason for the problems. Like, we had these problems with Obama. Stop thinking Donald Trump is the only problem. Like, he’s one of the many problems. I wish I didn’t even f***ing say his name on the album because in every interview people are asking me about him, and I don’t give a f*** about him.” He goes on to say: “Yeah, I said ‘f*** him’ but who’s not saying that? Who’s not on that type of wavelength? He’s a part of the times, but just a little part of it.” Hmmm, I wasn’t scared for my life everyday when Obama was in office, but continue.
Joey describes that he had began working on the album before Trump took office, and that the project also addressed many problems he claims to have witnessed under the Obama administration. He also spoke on being labeled a “political” rapper, which is something he’s not exactly pleased with. He explained to the publication, “I’m not a politician. I’m not trying to be…I’m not talking about passing laws and signing treaties. I’m just talking about real shit that I see on the ground, on the surface. This is what’s going on around me. This is not political music, this is real music.”